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Testify at City Budget Forums

Date:  Thursday, April 16, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Place: Floyd Light Middle School, Cafeteria, 10800 SE Washington St

Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Place: Roosevelt High School, 6941 N Central Street

Members of City Council will be present at several upcoming City Budget Forums to listen to public comment related to the formation of the City’s budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16. The Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s budget includes community engagement programs for Neighborhood Associations, community of color, immigrants and refugees, people with disabilities, senior citizens, and youth. The ONI Bureau Advisory Committee (BAC) is proposing a request of $200,000 in additional funding. To learn more, review the ‘Right Budget for ONI’ as a PDF online.

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Off-Road Bike Park Proposed near Skyline School

By Brian Hoop

Off road mountain biking advocates want access to segments of 1,300 acres of former private timber land recently acquired by Metro government as a result of voter approved bond measures passed over the years. A public meeting on the proposal took place on December 2nd at the Skyline Grange attended by some 200 people, mostly biking advocates aligned with the NW Trail Alliance.

The lands, now known as the North Tualatin Mountains Natural Area, are bisected by a network of old logging roads roughly clustered around the Cornelius Pass Rd. area. The four separate parcels are Burlington Creek  Forest, McCarthy Creek Forest, Ennis Creek Forest and North Abbey Creek National Area. Of particular interest for off-road biking, according to Bike Portland blog, is the 403 acre McCarthy Creek site directly behind Skyline School and accessible off Skyline Blvd. and McNamee. Other uses envisioned include hiking and horseback riding.

Another public meeting will be held later this spring. Learn more about the project or provide comments on Metro’s website or contact Dave Elkin, 503 797-1876.

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CoHo Production Supports NWNW

For 19 years, CoHo Productions has pioneered artist led co-production as a model of creating theatre. Each season, CoHo solicits scripts and project proposals from Portland’s community of theatre professionals and selects three to produce in partnership. The artistic vision is democratic, reflecting the tastes of the Portland theatre community. Seasons are diverse and unpredictable; the sole quality nurtured and insisted on is excellence. More about CoHo Productions available online.

CoHo Productions, established in 1995 offers programming that no other American theatre can claim artist led co-productions. Each year CoHo receives dozens of submissions from the Portland theatre community, selects three for co-production and fully funds the productions, including volunteer, marketing and box office support. Each submission identifies key contributors (producer, director, lead actors) who take the artistic lead of the project. The projects are selected based on the quality of the play and the co-producer’s artistic vision and their demonstrated level of artistic leadership, professionalism and commitment.

The result of this remarkable service to the community has deepened the artistic talent and widened theatrical opportunities for the community. CoHo co-produced the initial productions for both the now distinguished Third Rail Repertory and Profile Theatres. CoHo has given many local playwrights their initial viewings including an original musical, and recent CoHo productions have received awards for Outstanding Productions, Directors and Actors.

Learn about how CoHo Productions will support NWNW and local neighborhoods on Thursday, April 30th.

Learn more about CoHo Productions.

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Makerspace in Linnton

By Daniel Faccinetti, Executive Director, Linnton Community Center

Over the several years I have worked for the Linnton Community Center, I have come to understand the strength, compassion, generosity and resolve of this community. Time and time again, I have seen people helping each other and asking nothing in return.

The generosity, talent and ingenuity of this community have inspired the creation of a communal workspace or Makerspace. The desire to create such a space comes from a core understanding and set of beliefs. For one, we believe that the young people in this area need positive and engaging activities. We also believe that the adults who live and work in this community are a vast intellectual resource. By providing a place where the community can share its skills and interests, we aim to connect generations, pass down knowledge and life lessons while strengthening the fiber of our community.

Property has been donated by Multnomah County and corporate and individual partners are pulling together to make this dream a reality. We are currently in a visioning stage in regards to the physical space. The inception of this project has generated interest in the community and the possibility of creating a unique, multifunctional space is very attractive. Currently, LCC is collaborating with PSU’s School of Architecture. Thirteen graduate students are designing a Makerspace facility based on community needs, space and the interests of Linnton residents. So far, the designs are both impressive and practical.

For additional information, contact Daniel Faccinetti.

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Demolition of Washington Park Reservoirs

Date: Monday, March 23, 2015
Time: 1:30 PM
Place: 1900 SW 4th Ave., Rm 2500A

Portland’s Historic Landmarks Commission is currently reviewing a proposal to demolish Washington Park Reservoirs 3 & 4 and the Weir Building. Public comments are due by the hearing date above. For more information, review the PDF of the proposal.

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Recommendations for Transportation Plan Updates

The Portland Bureau of Transportation posted the updated Transportation System Plan Recommendation for Major Projects and Citywide Programs list to the city’s Map App and on the TSP website. The list is based on current revenue forecasts over 20 years and how well the programs/projects aligned with the adopted City goals and policies. To view details for your area, select one of the links below:

Central City Map and Project List

NWNW Map and Project List

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County Budget Committees Seek Volunteers

Multnomah County’s Citizen Budget Advisory Committees (CBACs) are independent citizen bodies that review and make recommendations on county departmental budgets and operations. Prospective CBAC members need only fill out an interest form and participate in an interview on their interests and availability and send it to Robb Wolfson. Click here for more information and to download the form.

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CASA Seeks Training Space

The purpose of a Court Appointed Special Advocate – or CASA – is to advocate for a child in the foster care system who has been abused or neglected and to get them into a permanent home safely, quickly and effectively. CASA is searching for training space and will be attending the next Northwest Industrial Neighborhood Association meeting to explore possibilities with local industrial neighbors. Please come to the next NINA meeting to learn more or to suggest possibilities or contact Kristin Freund with Multnomah County.

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Time: 7:30 AM
Place: Holiday Inn Express, 2333 NW Vaughn St.

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Drivers Needed-Elm Court Center (SW Portland)

The Elm Court Center located at 1032 SW Main Street, Portland, 97205 has an urgent need for meals on wheels drivers. We are currently accepting volunteer applications for every day of the week. Our routes are picked up at 10:30 a.m. and generally take about an hour and a half to deliver. Parking passes are available.

For more information, please contact Amy Feist at 503-953-8214.

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